Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) March 31, 2014
Brooklyn's Famous Nargis Cafe, a hot spot lauded by media and patronized by locals and out-of-towners alike, has, until now, had just one shortcoming for patrons who prefer to accompany meals with an adult beverage or two. The establishment opened without any liquor license at all, although it later added a line of red and white wines. The one thing the cafe did not offer was beer, but this situation now is remedied with the introduction of a new line-up of eight draft brews.
The beers on tap make up quite the international line-up: The Belgian-style, but brewed in Colorado, witbier Blue Moon, the actually brewed in Belgium lager Stella Artois, the Italian lager Peroni, the Dutch lager Grolsch, the Bavarian hefeweizen Weihenstephan and three Czech pilsners: Krusovice, Staropramen and Pilsner Urquell. These add yet another dimension to the restaurant's already eclectic beverage lineup, which includes homemade fruit and yogurt drinks, espresso, cappuccino, green tea served in traditional central Asian bowls, and sparkling water.
The Nargis Cafe has been featured on the Cooking Channel show “The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia” and also used as a location shoot for the FX Channel's hit spy show “The Americans”. This Cold War thriller chose the restaurant due to its authentic central Asian atmosphere, with décor featuring native wall tapestries, vivid colors, subdued lighting and private tables – perfect for exchanging state secrets.
Not just the atmosphere, but the food, has been drawing raves from restaurant critics as well as diners – the Village Voice singled out the “crackling and succulent” sauteed trout, the “superb and way smoky” charcoal-grilled kebabs and the “unexpectedly delicious” Tashkent salad of boiled meat, eggs, radishes and scallions in a creamy dressing. The Sheepshead Bites restaurant blog waxed poetic over the “amazingly good” garlic and herb-spiced fries, while Yelpers got excited over the pilaf, noodle soup and Napoleon pastries.
Chef Big B is proud to serve up the finest in authentic central Asian cuisine. Most of the menu items originate in Uzbekistan, a central Asian republic with a wide range of cultural influences that are reflected in its food. Kimchi, brought to the country by Korean immigrants, makes an appearance on the Nargis menu. Uzbekistan’s Silk Road roots are reflected in stuffed meat pastries called samsas that are similar to India's samosas, as well as steamed or fried dumplings that resemble Chinese pot stickers. Russian-style foods include deep-fried meat pies and pickled herring served with boiled potatoes and dill. There's even a middle eastern influence, with both baba ghanoush and hummus available as appetizers.
Nargis Cafe appeals to sophisticates used to dining on all of the international delicacies the Big Apple has to offer, but it also goes that extra mile to introduce culinary newbies to the delights of central Asian cuisine. Big B claims that the homemade manti dumplings have made regulars out of many first-time visitors, and also recommends the shurpa meat broth with vegetables and the Bojon salad made with pureed eggplant and fresh garlic.
Brooklyn's Famous Nargis Cafe, at the corner of Coney Island and Avenue Z, is already a go-to spot for exotic eats. The addition of some of the finest European (or European-style) brews, the perfect complement to the charcoal-grilled meats and fish and all the other delicious entrees on the menu, is sure to spread its fame far and wide.
2818 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11235